Unmissable Cornish Theatre
From Chekov to the trenches, these are the productions we're most excited about this summer
The Cherry Orchard (Miracle Theatre)
What: “This summer, Cornwall’s award-winning Miracle Theatre unpacks Chekhov’s bittersweet comedy about a once-wealthy family, whose idleness and extravagance have brought them to the brink of bankruptcy.
More than a century after it was written, The Cherry Orchard is still frequently revived all over the world. Alive with brilliantly observed characters, struggling to adapt to an uncertain and rapidly changing world, the story resonates with today’s concerns about disappearing ways of life.”
Where: All over! This outdoor production will be popping up in gorgeous locations across Cornwall and the South West, from Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Porthtowan to Enys Gardens in Penryn.
When: 15 Jun – 25 Aug, see all dates and venues at Miracletheatre.co.uk
Food: There are delicious food pop-ups at some of the venues including Mexican food van El Huichol on 16 and 29 Jun and The Shellfish Pig at St Mawes on 15 Aug and Restormel Castle on 21 Aug.
Cost: Adults £14. Children £8
The Trench Bodmin (Collective Arts)
What: This immersive theatre experience puts you in the shoes of a real Cornishman as he enlists and heads off for the trenches.
“Brothers, fathers, sons, a motorcycling clergyman, a talented composer, a heroic bandsman…
The Trench Bodmin tells the true and personal stories of local men who fought in the First World War.
Follow in their footsteps, enlist at Bodmin Keep and take on a real soldier’s identity. Board a steam train at Bodmin & Wenford Railway and head off to our replica WW1 trench to experience the chaos of battle. Return and discover your fate, before entering the Trench Exhibition.”
Where: Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway (a trip on the train is all part of it)
When: 18 June – 15 July
Food: You can pre-order a ‘ration pack’ picnic for £10
Cost: £15 – suitable for ages 12 and over.
100 UnEarth (WildWorks)
What: “War is over. It has changed the lives of everyone it has touched. The men are coming home but death is never far away.
In 2014 WildWorks created a one day, outdoor landscape theatre event at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. 100: The Day Our World Changed focused on an unknowing generation walking into battle in 1914.
100: UnEarth looks at the devastating aftermath of conflict, telling the homecoming stories of those who fight and live through war. Taking inspiration from the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, 100: UnEarth has a love story at its heart, and explores grief and tragedy with a deeply moving ending.”
Where: The Lost Gardens of Heligan
When: 3 – 22 July (every day except Monday). Shows start 7.30pm / 6.30pm on Sundays.
The damage: Adults £20. Children/ students £14
And for the kids…